Desert Island Comics – Episode 70 – Matt Jones

Published On August 31, 2013 | By Richard Bruton | Comics, Desert Island Comics

Take one comic person, set them the task of picking their favourite 8 comics and one little luxury, then maroon them on their own personal desert island. It’s fascinating to see just what they pick, and far, far more difficult to narrow it down than you could possibly imagine.

However, to make it work, WE NEED YOU. Fancy having a go? Get in touch; email, twitter, facebook – the message will get through! Have a go, enjoy yourself, the weather’s great on the island most of the year (just don’t ask about hurricane season and the mutated giant crabs!)


This week we welcome Matt Jones, currently heavily involved in organising the Searle In America exhibition. The first ebay auction went really well, and there’s enough material to warrant a second round of auctions, probably happening in September. You’ll be able to find out more over at the Searle In America Blog. When you do get another chance, please go and bid if you can. 

Jones also runs the Perpetua blog, a showcase for all things Searle, and was one of the team behind the Animated St Trinians project.

Without further ado, Matt Jones’ Desert Island  Comics – although Matt has decided to live the minimal life, just 6 choices and no luxury…

Desert Island Comics – Episode 70 – Matt Jones

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The Ballad of Halo Jones – Alan Moore and Ian Gibson

With this story I first discovered Alan Moore’s writing and Ian Gibson’s art was my joint favourite with Bisley.

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From Frozen North to Filthy Lucre – Ronald Searle

Collection of his incredible work for American travel mag HOLIDAY (which is the work I’ll be highlighting in the exhibition)


Judgement on Gotham – John Wagner, Alan Grant, Simon Bisley

Bisley took the painted art to the next level and exploded onto the American scene with this team-up. I still think it would make a mind-blowing CG animated film.

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Tank Girl – Jamie Hewlett & Alan Martin

Unbelievable artwork from the start – the anarchic tone in the art and writing was perfect fodder for a teenager in the early 90s.

A couple of discoveries from my time living in France and browsing their bande dessinee librairies-


Trois Ombres – Cyril Pedrosa

Elegant drawing & poetic storytelling


Le Banyan Rouge – Carlos Vermut

Broad, expressive art and a mature story would lend itself well to an animated film for adults.

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About The Author

Richard Bruton
- Started in comics retail aged 16 at Nostalgia & Comics, Birmingham. Now located in Yorkshire, he's written for the Forbidden Planet International Blog since 2007. Specialising in UK Comics and All-Ages comics, Richard's day job in a primary school allowed him to build the best children's graphic novel library in the country.

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